“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim.

ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… More

Why Muslim TV Characters Matter

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles I watched the “Go Cubs” episode of Roseanne, which I think is extraordinary. When asked in surveys, most Americans indicate that they don’t know a Muslim, and so the images that they see on television are crucial, as they may be the… More

“Roseanne” Takes on Islamophobia

Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The new episode of Roseanne turns to Islamophobia. It does it responsibly. The season has already tackled problems of class, political ideology, race, sexuality, immigration and veteran affairs. (Spoiler alert!) This new episode, “Go Cubs,” introduces the Conners’ new neighbors, the Al Harazis,… More

What Bette Davis Can Teach Donald Trump About Fake News

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You are teaching a class on media literacy. You want your students to think critically about the truth claims of messages. You bring to the classroom Donald Trump and Bette Davis. You display a Trump tweet about our trade… More

It’s Not Cambridge Analytica We Need To Worry About, It’s Our Minds

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The Cambridge Analytica furor, like the uproar over Russian penetration of Facebook that preceded it, has painted a bullseye on Mark Zuckerberg. I get why he and other social media CEOs are waffling about testifying at congressional hearings: They’re afraid that… More

Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Portrait of 2018 Ev Rogers Award Winner

Kathleen Hall Jamieson delivers her Rogers Colloquium “How Russian Hackers & Trolls Exploited the US Media” Monday, March 5th in the Forum at Wallis Annenberg Hall. What could be more timely? 3/2/18: Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls The Decline of American Politics, and How to Fix It Is our… More

Wanna Try Some VR? Here’s a Guide

Lately I’ve been doing a bit of VR bingeing. While I’m not a binge TV viewer, I cannot get enough VR when the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, I’m based in Los Angeles, where new media experiments are all the rage, and my job takes me to exactly the kinds of… More

Of God, Dice and Fatal Car Acccidents

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. It was the second time I noticed a news story about a fatal crash of a church group that I had the uneasy feeling there was a pattern. That time, it was Baptists, seniors in their church’s Young at… More